NHL Game Summary - Washington at Carolina |
(Saturday, November 15th)
Final Score: Washington 2, Carolina 1
Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Dainius Zubrus' power-play goal late in the
third period lifted the Washington Capitals to a 2-1 win over the Carolina
Hurricanes at the RBC Center.
Olaf Kolzig made 38 saves in the victory, keeping the Capitals in the game
with a host of difficult saves as Washington was clearly outplayed in the
Peter Bondra also scored for the Capitals, who defeated Carolina for the
second time in four days. Washington routed the Hurricanes by a score of 7-1
Eric Staal scored Carolina's lone goal of the contest as they lost for first
time in its last five home encounters (3-1-1). Jamie Storr stopped 18-of-20
shots in the loss.
After Jeff O'Neill took a boarding penalty with just over three minutes to
play, the Capitals cashed in with a power-play goal. Jaromir Jagr, stationed
at the right boards, dished a short backhand pass to a streaking Zubrus on the
right wing. Zubrus went to the net and from a difficult angle flipped a
backhand shot in the upper right-hand corner of the goal to give the Capitals
the lead with just 2:13 left in the contest.
The Capitals grabbed a 1-0 lead midway through the second period on Bondra's
fifth power-play goal of the season. Stationed just inside the right point,
Bondra took a pass from Sergei Gonchar at the right point and fired a laser
over the glove of Storr.
Four power-play opportunities in the final 10 minutes of the second period
allowed the Hurricanes to pepper Kolzig, but they couldn't beat the Capital
goaltender. Kolzig made a tremendous sprawling save on a shot by Staal and
after it was reviewed to see if the puck had crossed the line, the replay
booth concluded it was not a goal.
Several minutes later, O'Neill had his shot clank off the pipes.
Carolina eventually tied the contest immediately after one of its
opportunities with the man advantage expired. Stall whacked at a rebound in
front and the puck found its way between the legs of Kolzig at 15:13 of the
An almost two-minute two-man advantage went to waste later in the second for
Carolina. The Hurricanes were only able to post one goal in the stanza despite
unleashing 22 shots Kolzig's way.
With just over four minutes left in regulation, Radim Vrbata had his shot
hit sent away by an amazing save by Kolzig. The puck appeared to be past the
sprawling Washington goaltender, but at the last second he dragged his
back leg and kicked away the disc.
Kolzig was called upon once more to deny Vrbata with under 30 seconds to play
despite some heavy traffic in front of the net.
Washington won for the second time in six games...Robert Lang also assisted on
Bondra's goal. He now has a nine-game point scoring streak where he has posted
seven goals and eight assists...The Capitals improved to just 2-7-1 on the
road this season...Carolina fell to 1-8-2 in its last 11 against the Capitals.
11/15 21:45:53 ET